Patent Properties Appoints Robert Litan Chief Economist

STAMFORD, Conn.--()--Patent Properties, Inc. (OTCQB: PPRO), an intellectual property company that recently launched The United States Patent UtilityTM, a disruptive licensing solution for the mass market of patent owners and users, today announced that Dr. Robert E. Litan, a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution, will serve as the company’s Chief Economist.

“one of the top 50 business leaders of the digital age.”

“Bob Litan is one of America’s most noted economic thinkers, and we are pleased that he will be working with us,” said Jay Walker, Executive Chairman of Patent Properties. “Innovation is at the heart of America’s ability to be a global economic leader, today and into the future. But innovation means little unless our companies, small, mid-sized and even our largest, effectively tap into the deep waters of ideas, experts and organizations that are all part of the innovation eco-system. Bob, through his work with companies, foundations, and academic institutions, has been one of the leaders in identifying the challenges and solutions for our entrepreneurial business sectors.”

Jonathan Ellenthal, Patent Properties’ Chief Executive Officer, said: “We first met Bob when he was heading up research for Bloomberg Government, but have been long-time followers of his work. We recently supported a groundbreaking study he co-authored with economist Hal Singer on the economic potential of more effective accessing of existing innovation. The study found that marginal increases in patent licensing could add up to $200 billion in annual U.S. economic output.”

Mr. Ellenthal added: “Bob will be working with our subscribers and the innovation community, including companies, policymakers, academics, and inventors, to identify and quantify the impacts seen by businesses from increased access to the technology, the ideas, the people and the organizations contained in the U.S. patent data-base. He will lead our efforts with other organizations in the research community to explore joint research and survey projects relevant to subscribers and potential subscribers.”

Dr. Litan commented: “I am thrilled to serve Patent Properties as its Chief Economist. Working with Jay Walker, one of the nation’s most successful builders of businesses and a leading innovator, and Jon Ellenthal, a hugely talented executive, is an opportunity I embrace with excitement and commitment.”

Dr. Litan continued: “Patent Properties is focused on solving one of the most vexing problems confronting all companies hoping to improve their products and services; how to access the ideas, people and organizations that can make them more competitive and manage their intellectual property risk profile. Throughout my career, both in government and the private sector, I have had the privilege of working on solutions to problems that provided for greater growth and opportunity in our economy. The U.S. Patent Utility has the possibility of helping large numbers of American companies access and the develop technologies to improve growth, provide for greater and higher-paying jobs, and ensure American economic leadership.”

Dr. Litan has had a distinguished career as an economist, attorney, commentator and analyst, and senior government official. He has directed research at three of the nation’s leading organizations: The Brookings Institution, The Kauffman Foundation and Bloomberg Government. During the administration of President William J. Clinton, he was Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. Dr. Litan received his PhD. in Economics and his law degree from Yale University, and his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author or co-author of 25 books, including the recently published “Trillion Dollar Economists”, and numerous articles in professional journals and popular publications.

Mr. Ellenthal concluded: “The U.S. Patent Utility is a big solution to a critical economic need. Bob Litan will assist a team at Patent Properties that is highly focused and fully capable of executing around our solution. With our initial subscribers announced recently, The Utility as a potential game-changer in the innovation marketplace is moving from vision to reality.”

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About Patent Properties, Inc.

Patent Properties, Inc. (PPRO) will continue to develop and commercialize its unique portfolio of intellectual property assets, which were created by Walker Digital, LLC, the research and development lab led by internationally recognized inventor and entrepreneur Jay Walker, and has also introduced The U.S. Patent Utility, a disruptive licensing solution for the mass market of patent owners and users. Mr. Walker is best known as the founder of and has twice been named by TIME magazine as “one of the top 50 business leaders of the digital age.” All of the patents owned by the company were developed internally by Walker Digital, LLC, with Jay Walker as a named inventor on all issued patents and the lead inventor on the vast majority. Additional information regarding the company can be found at Additional information regarding The U.S. Patent Utility can be found at

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